Sunday, January 23, 2011

SPEED WOBBLE ALONG THE BANKS OF THE SAN PEDRO

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SMALL CABIN MADE OF RAILWAY TIES SITS NEXT TO ONE OF THE LARGEST COTTONWOOD TREES IN ALL OF ARIZONA

A touch of wind & a smattering of clouds added a slight chill to the morning air but we headed off to the San Pedro Valley anyway.  A quick hot dog stop at Jimmy’s Hot Dog Company in southwest Bisbee primed us for a pedal to the metal hike along the banks of the San Pedro river in Hereford.

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We had decided earlier to pick a flat trail for a change & pick up the pace a bit.  The Mammoth Kill trail was flat alright so we headed straight out across the fields close to the San Pedro river for about a mile & then turned & headed back to the parking lot.  Not a lot to see so we just concentrated on a faster walk.  In fact we were walking so fast I got myself into a nasty speed wobble, almost lost control of my feet & crashed into the San Pedro:))

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From there we drove about 8 miles north towards Sierra Vista & then east back to the San Pedro River & the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area alongside highway 90.  The building here is commonly known as the San Pedro House.  This area was the first officially designated Global Important Bird Area in the United States Of America.  350 species of birds can be found here, but not at this time of year.  There is a 2 mile loop trail which we will do at a later date & there is also one of the largest Fremont Cottonwood trees in Arizona.  Definitely the biggest Cottonwood I had ever seen.

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ONE OF THE LARGEST FREMONT COTTONWOOD TREES IN ARIZONA

We were back home by 2 & I was bushed.  I’m just not a fast walking hiker type of person.  I like to doddle, look at things, take photos & soak up the nature around me. 

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ALONG THE BANKS OF THE SAN PEDRO RIVER THIS MORNING

Kelly recently read about the health benefits of honey & cinnamon.  I have been eating honey for years with my peanut butter sandwich's & also using it in my coffee.  I have now added cinnamon to my daily soy shakes, peanut butter sandwich’s &  morning coffee plus a dash in my vanilla flavored Almond milk.  Life is just a series of marvelous discoveries sometimes isn’t it:))

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BACK TO SOME BISBEE PHOTOS FROM FRIDAY

Below is a photo taken this morning by a remote web cam in Grand Bend Ontario.  You can see what winter looks like in our neck of the woods back home.  Grand Bend is a 20 minute drive south of Bayfield.  Camera is pointed out towards Lake Huron & if you look to the bottom right of the photo you can see a lighthouse shadow cast upon the river by an early morning sun.  The web cam refreshing the pictures every minute is located in a window atop that lighthouse.

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I get a big kick out of hearing little feet pitter pattering around on our Motor Home roof every morning.  A bird alights on the Motor Home just after sunrise & seems to revel in running up & down our roof pausing here for this & skittering over there for that.  Kind of a silly thing but I look forward to that little guys arrival every morning.

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I happily noticed we have 5 new blog Followers.  First let me welcome Teri on board followed by Deborah from AND THE SIGN SAID:))  Another welcome to Margaret who is next on board.  Barry & Denise are our next Followers & bringing up the rear a couple of old friends I think I might recognize from Quartzsite, Arizona.  A big hello & welcome to Patty & Peter.  Peter once tracked us down on his ATV a few years ago while we were boondocking south of the Q:))  If I have missed anyone’s blogsite just let me know.  Thanks to all you folks for your interest in, The Bayfield Bunch:)) 

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In yesterday’s post I mentioned about finding what we thought may have been a homeless persons place.  A commenter sent in a far more logical explanation of what we saw.  This is the comment by Anonymous…."You are in the region where there are many, many lay-ups. These are not for homeless persons. They are spots that the coyotes take their border-crosses to hide until the cover of night when they can be picked up to be taken into a big city where they will not be conspicuous. If you have run into these before, you will likely see discarded plastic jugs, old clothing,maybe some old backpacks, some cheaply made cotton or wool blankets used for sleeping and the like. If you see fresh opened cans or stuff not dusted over, it's probably an active lay-up site. As I said, there are lots of them along the AZ border area.”

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BISBEE’S TOMBSTONE CANYON DRIVE HEADING DOWNTOWN

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I always appreciate comments & emails from readers pointing out any errors I may have made in my blog or as in the Anonymous comment, a more logical explanation to something I was ‘assuming.’

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I NEVER HAVE HAD, NOR WILL I EVER HAVE, AN EINSTEIN BRAIN!!   BUT,  I THINK MAYBE I AM WELL ON MY WAY TO AN EINSTEIN HAIR-DO:))

GROANERS CORNER:((  Here’s a sign seen at the Budapest Zoo….'Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty.’

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16 comments:

  1. Al, your picture from the web cam in Grand Bend, Ontario looks great with the sunshine! As I'm posting this at our home here in Mt. Clemens, MI it's only 1 above 0 F. Dang COLD!
    You really need to step out of the MH, turn to the North East, take a deep, really deep breath, and blow hard.
    We are in desperate need of some of that warm Arizona air!
    Enjoy your winter in the South West.

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  2. I totally agree with Kelly....cinnamon is great for regulating blood sugar levels. Curry is another biggie which inhibits cancer cell growth and might help protect against Alzheimer's. I keep both handy to springkle in or on anything I can. We lost a lot of that "herbs and spices" knowledge with prepackaged processed foods. It's a shame.....

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  3. Ontario sure looks cold right now.

    I thought that the discarded stuff you saw might be from the folks coming across the border, but didn't know for sure.

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  4. We have not yet run across a cottonwood tree during our travels... but maybe we are spending too much time in Desert Hot Springs....

    John

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  5. Love those old cottonwood trees, and sure enuf there are lots of 'em here in SE Arizona. Also love that picture of you! Got a problem with our heater this morning -- it went off during the night and won't come back on this morning, It's chilly in here!

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  6. it is amazing what some spices can do. Deborah has me on ginger, but I still gave up and did a patch. ugh. be glad when it wears off. Hey, tell Kelly I will wait for her first "Chico's" post. You will love it, Al, shopping! LOL

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  7. I especially like that first picture of the house behind the roots of the cottonwood. Nice composition.

    I'm thinking you're beginning to look a lot like a desert hermit! :)

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  8. Al--that last picture is enough to scare the pants off anybody!! Kelly needs to tie you up and cut your hair and Mike says, "at least he has hair!"

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  9. Nice picture of you Al I am beginning to look a bit ragged myself, but it's the middle of winter, and I don't want to take out a second mortgage to get a haircut and beard trim.Be safe out there. Sam & Donna...

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  10. Einstein, eh? You certainly have the look of a mad scientist in that picture! Looks to me though like you can squeeze another month or two in before you need a haircut!

    Cottonwood trees are among my favourites. We stayed in a park in Sedona, AZ that was just full of them.

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  11. I think you could win a photography prize for your Einsein mug shot. You don't need a haircut!

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  12. I think you look more like a cross between Ernest Hemmingway and Jerry Garcia....not a bad look for ya, Al...However...I have scissors, will travel...I could lighten your load up quite a bit!! Loved the huge Cottonwood tree....if only it could talk, eh?

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  13. you have 'big tv hair', Al...girls would kill for volume like that!!!..

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  14. Al, I have been looking for pictures to use on "WANTED" posters for the jail. I want to use that picture.

    Ray

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  15. That cottonwood looks just amazing and delightful. I would love to set under it's branches, looking up at the bark and the angles and the patterns from below and do some *wonderment* thinking.

    That pic is downright SCARY!
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